Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

All the latest news relevant to the Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and Murray Hill areas.

Ortega River Club holds mortgage burning ceremony

Ortega River Club holds mortgage burning ceremony

The Ortega River Club, the second oldest private club in Jacksonville after the Florida Yacht Club, has nearly as many names as a cat has lives. Under its current identity, members celebrated a mortgage burning April 14 at the club on 4165 Lakeside Drive. Originally organized as the Germania Club in 1903, the certificate of […]

New Riverside-based Lung Institute is Florida’s largest in pulmonologists

New Riverside-based Lung Institute is Florida’s largest in pulmonologists

St. Vincent’s HealthCare, now Ascension St. Vincent’s, took another great step in fighting lung disease by opening the St. Vincent’s Lung Institute. A dedication and an open house were held March 28 in the Betsy Lovett Center in the Dillon Building on Shircliff Way. The Lung, Sleep and Critical Care Center at St. Vincent’s originally […]

Property condemned, court case in flux delays Roost

Property condemned, court case in flux delays Roost

It’s been four years since The Roost first attempted to settle into the Oak Street site that previously housed Deluxe Laundry and Cleaners, but the proposed 150-seat restaurant has yet to occupy the space.  The decision about their occupancy is still up in the air, pending the outcome of a court case filed by opponents […]

Ortega residents seek to prevent lot subdivisions to preserve neighborhood fabric

Ortega residents seek to prevent lot subdivisions to preserve neighborhood fabric

When renowned architect Henry Klutho first platted Ortega in 1909, he most likely didn’t dream its residents would want to alter his design 110 years later. Now there are some in the community who are seeking waivers to divide lots, raze existing houses and build multiple new ones on the smaller lots.  According to information […]

One box checked, many more before POW/MIA Memorial and Museum becomes reality

One box checked, many more before POW/MIA Memorial and Museum becomes reality

March 29, 2019 was a fitting day to dedicate the newly-restored Chapel of the High-Speed Pass and unveil two plaques which commemorate the chapel’s historic landmark status. That date was also National Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day and local veterans were there to help celebrate the occasion at Cecil Field. Hosted by the Cecil Field POW/MIA […]

St. Vincent’s provided free medical and social services to the underserved at annual event

St. Vincent’s provided free medical and social services to the underserved at annual event

St. Vincent’s HealthCare, part of Ascension, one of the nation’s leading non-profit and Catholic health systems, provided thousands of free healthcare and social services to nearly 400 local residents at its fourth annual Medical Mission at Home Apr. 27 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Services included basic medical care and testing for the whole […]

Easter Eggstravaganza at Holy Trinity Anglican Church April 13

Easter Eggstravaganza at Holy Trinity Anglican Church April 13

Voters get another chance to come to the polls

In a county with just over 600,000 registered voters, the turnout on March 19 was less than stellar. Only 24.52 percent of 606,036 voters – less than 150,000 – made the effort to get to the polls and cast their ballots. The 75 percent who didn’t bother to vote can make their voices heard in […]